Brooklyn, NY asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Maryland

Q: Appealing judge’s decision, how do I prep for court?

I received a citation for possession of a substance and I am now appealing the Judge’s decision. How do I prep for court?

1 Lawyer Answer
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: You hire a lawyer. A lawyer is trained in the law, and a criminal defense attorney is specifically trained in preparing, arguing and defending criminal cases. You are not. An open-ended question like yours is the equivalent of asking how do you perform a surgical procedure on yourself. Lawyers go to law school for 3 years and then spend years in practice to learn how to prepare and try cases effectively. "How to do it" is not something that can be explained in a question and answer forum, or a short DIY video. Since you say the case is on appeal, that means you already lost your case, which should indicate to you that you did not do very well the first time around trying to defend yourself. If you cannot afford a lawyer, apply for the Public Defender.

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